Cemeteries and Burial Grounds
This page provides a range of practical advice on looking after historic cemeteries, churchyards and burial grounds.
Caring for and conserving cemeteries
Historic England has published two guides on caring for and conserving cemeteries and burial grounds.
Caring for Historic Graveyard and Cemetery Monuments is intended for anyone interested in or responsible for the conservation of monuments, memorials and sculptural elements within a churchyard, burial ground or cemetery.
It provides guidance on best practice for assessing, planning and carrying out conservation work to monuments, as well as information on legal frameworks and statutory duties.
The proforma condition report can be used to record monuments and plan repairs. This is included in the above publication.
Published in partnership with Natural England, Paradise Preserved looks at the issues of historic and wildlife conservation management for cemeteries.
The guidance covers designations, conservation management plans and the care of memorials.
A special issue of Conservation Bulletin on the ‘Heritage of Death’ includes articles on excavations in churchyards, the scientific study of human skeletal remains and the recording of public monuments.
Listing cemeteries and monuments
Guidance on how we list cemeteries and monuments is set out in our Selection Guides.
Human remains and artefacts
Historic England has supported the Advisory Panel on the Archaeology of Burials in England (APABE) enabling them to publish updated guidelines on how to treat human remains excavated from Christian burial grounds.
The Heritage Lottery Fund’s Parks for People grant scheme includes grants for cemetery restoration projects.
If you are interested in volunteering, the National Federation of Cemetery Friends' website has links to local groups of volunteers.